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Getting Around in Las Vegas
 
 
 

By Public Transit

The Las Vegas Monorail runs on the east side of the strip with stops behind several of the hotels and at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It costs $5 one-way, $9 return and $15 for a one-day pass. Because the monorail stops at the back entrance of the hotels, it takes a long time to wind through the maze of casinos, often taking 30 minutes to an hour to get from one point to another on the Strip. The monorail's carrying capacity of 4,000 people per hour is woefully insufficient to handle the evening exodus from the larger conventions which have as many as 150,000 attendees. If you are visiting with a friend from Nevada and want to ride the monorail, consider asking them to buy your fare. By showing a Nevada State ID or Clark County Work Permit Card (issued to all hotel employees), they qualify for the locals fare of $1, this can be purchased from the customer service booths located at each station.

The city bus line Citizens Area Transit (CAT), operates 49 routes throughout the valley. Most routes operate 5:30am-1:30am, daily; some routes operate 24 hours. The fare is $1.25 for adults and 60「 for kids and seniors for all residential routes. The Deuce, the London-style double decker bus operating the route along Las Vegas Boulevard, costs $3 for adults and $1 for children and seniors, and the fare may be paid directly to the driver. If purchasing a child or senior fare, be prepared to show some form of picture ID to prove your age to the driver. During the larger conventions, the Deuce also operates on a special one way service from the Las Vegas Convention Center. This service only operates in the afternoon from the convention centre to the Strip, the bus travels southbound and services all regular stops from Circus Circus onward. It is important to note that when using this service, tickets must be purchased in advance from the ticket vending machines. In addition, two additional ticket vending machines are located on the strip, one at the Slots-of-fun/Circus Circus stop and one at the Showcase Mall/MGM Grand stop. It should be noted that when purchasing your fare, the buses do not give change. However, the ticket vending machines do give change, in addition to accepting credit/debit cards.

It should be noted that CAT buses no longer offer transfer slips that allow you to change buses without paying the fare again, this has been replaced by a residential day pass ($2.50 for adults and $1.25 for kids and seniors) that covers all routes except The Deuce, and an "all-access pass" for $5 that covers all routes on the system. If you are staying for a long period of time (at least eight days for adults or four for children and seniors) and plan to buy an all access pass, a more economic option is to purchase a 30-day bus pass. These can be purchased from either of the two bus terminals (both can be reached by riding the Deuce to Downtown terminal, or to the South Strip Terminal), or from any ticket vending machine.

By Taxi

One of the easiest ways to get around Las Vegas is by taxi. It is relatively cheap to go from hotel to hotel. The cab driver is required to turn on the meter and to take the shortest route to your destination. There is a surcharge for rides originating at the airport, but not for extra passengers. Taxi queues are typically found at the front of hotels. It would be unwise to attempt to hail one on the street, especially on the Strip as it is illegal for a taxi to stop traffic to pick up or drop off a passenger.

Taxis operate 24 hours, are metered and often don't accept credit cards. Reputable taxi companies include Whittlesea Blue Cab and Yellow Checker Star Cab.

By Car

Driving on Las Vegas Boulevard (the "Strip") on Thursday or Friday nights or all day Saturday is not advisable; gridlock takes over and you can spend an hour or more just going a couple of miles. Do what the locals do and avoid driving long distances on the Strip altogether. Instead take I-15, which parallels the Strip, and get off at the exit nearest your hotel and park there.

Casinos have low cost self-parking (often free for guests) as well as valet parking. On Friday and Saturday nights the self-parking lots fill up fast; consider valet parking to avoid delays and endless circling around.

In the rest of the city, there can be also be gridlocks, especially during rush hour. New roads and highways are being built, but the city's fast growth means that the roads are always playing catch-up with the ever-increasing number of vehicles.

 

 
 

 



 


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